|Herbarium specimen of potato infested with 'blight'.|
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Herbariums Still Needed; Irish Potato Famine Forensics Example
Herbariums, those seemingly archaic storage rooms loaded with old pressed plant specimens are still proving their usefulness. Here's a story of herbarium specimens being used to track down the culprit in one of the greatest agricultural tragedies of all time; the Irish potato famine.